Bladder Mesh and Sling Problems Are Not Rare
The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. represent women throughout the United States who are pursuing a bladder mesh lawsuit as a result of problems associated with transvaginal placement of surgical mesh for treatment of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and female stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Unfortunately, these painful and debilitating complications from bladder mesh and bladder sling products are not rare, and can leave women with life-long problems.
In July 2011, the FDA issued a warning about the risk of transvaginal bladder mesh problems, not only because of the potential risk of infection, vaginal erosion, protrusion and other complications, but also because of the alarming frequency that women and their doctors have reported experiencing these issues.
From January 2008 through December 2010, the FDA recorded 2,874 reports of vaginal mesh complications, including reports of defective bladder mesh, injuries and deaths. That is nearly 1,000 women a year who suffered from problems with their vaginal mesh implants.
According to the FDA’s numbers, 1,503 of those reports involved women who had received a surgical mesh implant to deal with pelvic organ prolapse, and 1,371 of the reports involved women who were implanted with a bladder sling to alleviate stress urinary incontinence.
That represents a sharp jump from previous years. From January 2005 to December 2007, the FDA only received about 1,000 such reports. The number of injuries and complications from pelvic organ prolapse procedures alone ballooned by a factor of five. The increase could be due to increased use of bladder mesh products, the growing number of new products rushed to the market, increased awareness or other factors.
The FDA reported that from 2008 through 2010, at least seven women died due to problems linked to pelvic organ prolapse mesh procedures. Three deaths were directly linked to the mesh implant procedure, including two bowel perforation deaths and one hemorrhage death. Another four deaths were linked to post-operative medical complications indirectly related to the mesh implant procedure.
Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) are frequent health problems for women. An estimated 20-40% of women will suffer SUI at some point during their lifetime. POP, caused by pelvic organs bulging into the vagina due to weakened pelvic walls often stretched due to childbirth will occur in 30-50% of women, although only about 2% become symptomatic.
Last year alone, about 300,000 women in the U.S. had some surgical procedure to repair POP and 260,000 underwent a procedure for incontinence. Of those, about one in three had a surgical bladder mesh or sling implanted to treat POP, with 75% of those implants using a transvaginal mesh. Transvaginal mesh products are the standard in SUI treatment, used in 80% of all procedures.
The most common complications reported in women who received a transvaginal mesh to treat POP included:
- Vaginal mesh erosion (where part of the mesh migrated into the vagina)
- Pain (including pain during sexual intercourse)
- Urinary Problems
- Organ Perforation
- Recurrence of Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Neuro-muscular Problems
- Vaginal Scarring/Shrinkage
- Emotional Problems
In many cases, the complications required additional surgical treatments and hospitalization.
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The bladder mesh attorneys at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are currently reviewing claims nationwide by women who have suffered injuries or complications after receiving a transvaginal mesh.
All consultations are confidential and cases are taken on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no fees unless a recovery is obtained. To review a potential case for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free claim evaluation.